Quick Fix: Mascara

I don’t know about you, but I don’t go anywhere without mascara. It’s one of those things that takes 1 minute to apply and I swear it makes a world of difference. But because I use my mascara all the time, I find it dries out quickly. I’m pretty religious about throwing it out every 3 months (really, anything that close to your eye shouldn’t be staying around too long) but I still find the formula ages quickly. And believe me, I’ve tried just about every mascara out there. So I came up with what I think is a brilliant technique to get that “fresh out of the package application” with a mascara that is less than new. My secret? HOT WATER!

Before you apply your mascara, turn on your hot water and give it a second to warm up. The water doesn’t need to be scolding, just hot. Make sure your mascara is sealed tight, and hold it under the running water for about 10-15 seconds. When you’re done, open it up and voilà! Your mascara is good as new.

xox L

My Desk!

It’s funny to think how much time we spend at our desk. If you work in an office you may be there around 40 hours a week. If you work from home, it may be more! Because we spend so much time sitting there, may people view it as somewhat of  a “jail cell.” I have never been to jail, but I can’t imagine it’s nearly as fun as my desk. Anyways, my point is everyone should make their desk fun and a place they enjoy. I would like to introduce you to my desk (above). I spend more time than I’d like to admit sitting there and can say I truly enjoy it. So check out some of my favorite pieces on my desk and let me know what you keep on yours!

Light-Up Gummy Bear: How can you not smile when you have a light-up gummy bear on your desk. For a fun touch, add a tiara!

Bobble Water Bottle: Sometimes I go a whole day without drinking a single drop of water. THAT’S SO BAD! So now I always keep a water bottle on my desk to help remind me to drink up. The Bobble has a built-in water filter that makes any tap water taste fancy.

FujiFilm Instant Camera: There is something amazing about having a tangible photo moments after you take it. Call me old school, but I love this instant camera. You know my obsessions with photo booths!

EOS Lip Balm: You can never have too much chopstick and this one is cute enough to keep around.

Hair Tie: Don’t tell me you’ve never gone to work without a hair tie. It’s like trying to run a marathon in flip-flops! I always keep extras at my desk.

Knot & Bow Stickers: Like Pringles, once you pop the fun don’t stop. These cute heart stickers make everything look a little more fun.

Evian Mist: Keeps your skin feeling hydrated and fresh!

Mac Desktop: I know I sound like a 90 year-old loser, but I love desktop computers. Knowing that my work can’t follow me around (like a laptop) inspires me to sit down, bang it out, and be done with it. Plus the screen is big and easy to read!

xox L

Glitter Nail Polish

I know, another nail polish post. I can’t help it! I’ve had an OPI Gel manicure for the past 3 months and just got it off over Easter weekend. Since I haven’t been able to experiment with polish for so long, I’ve kind of gone crazy recently. Just bare with me, I promise there won’t be many more!

My all time favorite nail polish is Mint Candy Apple by Essie and ironically enough I can never find it anywhere! So, I used my best detective skills and found a similar shade at the drugstore (Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Mint Sorbet). When my nails were finally free of gel I wanted to give them a fresh coat of my “Mint Candy Apple look-alike.” While  perusing the aisles of CVS I came across Milani Jewel FX Nail Polish in Gems. It immediately caught my eye because the polish is full of different sizes and colors of glitter making it (almost) like confetti! Anyways, I thought it would be fun to layer over Mint Sorbet so I gave it a try and loved the results.

If you want to try this glitter polish at home remember that a little goes a long way so stick to one coat. Also, if you ever have a super chipped manicure, it’s great to throw on as a topcoat. The glitter will distract people from your chipped polish and it dries in seconds!

xox L

Nailed It.

 

So it’s not breaking news, but nail art is in. In fact, the Spring/Summer 2012 runways were swimming with colorful varieties of nail art. From Aztec prints to minty stripes, artistic manicures are hot this season. But let’s get real, some of you (not including myself in this) may not feel comfortable sporting a crazy manicure. If this is the case, you’re in luck! I’ve come up with a fun (inexpensive) way to spice up your manicure for a day or two.

First of all, if you haven’t seen the amazing post from the beauty department about DIY Nail Stickers, you should check it out. If you’re like me and don’t have quite enough willpower to paint nail polish on tape, you can try the next best thing… washi tape! For those of you who don’t know, washi tape is brightly colored or printed paper tape that comes on small rolls. You can use it for just about anything (warning: once you buy it you’ll start putting it everywhere. My roommate currently replaced all of the magnets on the refrigerator with washi tape).

SO, if you want to sport a fun yet simple print without a long-time investment, try washi tape. It’s simple, first paint your nails with a solid color. I used Mint Sorbet by Sally Hansen (my drugstore version of Essie Mint Candy Apple). Next, select your print/color of wash tape. I chose neon pink but there are thousands of other options here and here. Pick your poison!  Cut the tape into thin strips using good scissors. I suggest cutting different widths to add dimension to your manicure. Lastly, lay the strips on your nail. Use a wood cuticle push to smooth out any uneven areas. (NOTE: You may find it hard to lay the strips down on your opposite hand so it can be handy to have a friend or a roommate around!)

The tape will last for about a day and can peel off without damaging your nail. So give it a try, and let me know what you think!

xox L

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